The most decorated coaches in the sport, Ratko Rudic, will return to Croatia and be a member of the Expert Council of the Croatian Water Polo Federation (HVS).
– After completing my work in Brazil, I returned to Croatia. As I felt that I should continue to participate in the work of HVS, I talked with its officials and agreed to get re-engaged. In an area, of course, to which I can contribute the most, and that is expert work. So we agreed that I should join the Expert Council, which made me very satisfied. I resume my work right where I started it when I came back from America in 2004 – said Rudic.
Rudic has won 64 trophies in total. During his coaching career, he coached five national teams: Yugoslavia (1984–1988), Italy (1990–2000), USA (2001–2004), Croatia (2005–2012), and Brazil (2013–2016), and won 36 medals at major events, 10 of which while coaching Croatia, making him the most successful water polo coach.
He won Olympic gold three times in a row – with Yugoslavia in 1984 and 1988, Italy in 1992, and Croatia in 2012. At the 1996 Olympics, he won the bronze with Italy. His list of successes includes world championships with Yugoslavia (1986), Italy (1994) and Croatia (2007).